Majid Jowhari

Your member of parliament for


Richmond Hill

Majid Jowhari

Your member of parliament for


Richmond Hill

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Response from Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Pertaining to Air Traffic Noise in the Vicinity of Richmond Hill

Statement from MP Majid Jowhari:

“The concerns over air traffic noise in my riding of Richmond Hill have been highlighted to me over the course of the summer by a number of residents. I would like to thank everyone who trusted our office to highlight this concern. Our office has done its utmost to flag this issue to the relevant department.

We have reached out to Federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau. In his letter, Minister Garneau has highlighted that this issues falls under the purview of NAV CANADA and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Thus, community members are encouraged to participate in the forum opportunities that are offered through the Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC), where the public can openly discuss noise-related issues at Toronto Pearson International Airport. 

Information regarding CENAC can be found at https://www.torontopearson.com/en/cenacpastagendasandminutes/#

For your reference please see below correspondence from Federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau regarding this matter. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact our office at 905.707.9701 or Majid.Jowhari@parl.gc.ca

Letter from Federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau:

“Thank you for your correspondence of August 20, 2017, regarding airport operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport and your concerns respecting air traffic noise in the vicinity of Richmond Hill and Thornhill, Ontario.

At the outset, I should note that NAV CANADA manages air traffic in Canada with Transport Canada functioning as the regulator.  As Minister of Transport, I have the authority to intervene only if there are concerns pertaining to safety.  Given that the issues identified in your correspondence fall within the purview of NAV CANADA and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), I would encourage you to contact them directly.  Contact information can be found at http://www.navcanada.ca/splash.htm and https://torontopearson.com/#, respectively.

That being said, I recognize that transportation affects the daily lives of Canadians, and I am committed to ensuring that it continues to serve our communities and families in a safe manner.  While transportation serves as a backbone to Canada’s economy, transportation activities must take into account the needs of communities, while respecting Canadians and the natural environment.

In an effort to better manage aircraft noise issues, NAV CANADA and the Canadian Airports Council developed the Airspace Change Communications and Consultation Protocol in June 2015.  The Protocol states that aircraft noise concerns should be managed at the local level by airport authorities, which are private, not-for-profit corporations that operate Canada’s largest airports.

To help community members interested in learning about flight operations and noise levels in their area, the GTAA implemented WebTrak for Toronto Pearson International Airport.  WebTrak is an online tool that allows the community to see “real-time” and historical flight and noise data.  It is available at http://www.torontopearson.com/webtrak/#.

In addition to WebTrak, aircraft noise complaints can also be made by filling out an online form on the GTAA’s website at http://www.torontopearson.com/en/noisecomplaint/#  or by calling the Toronto Pearson Noise Management Office at 416-247-7682.

The Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) provides a further forum where the public can openly discuss noise-related issues at Toronto Pearson International Airport.  The Committee meets four or five times per year and is open to members of the public.  It comprises elected representatives and residents from the cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto, as well as the regions of Halton, York and Durham.

I would like to note that NAV CANADA has launched a third-party review of the airspace surrounding Toronto Pearson International Airport.  The purpose of this review is to identify options to reduce the exposure to aircraft noise experienced by communities around the airport.  The review will assess air traffic management practices, flight path design and aircraft operating practices, and will consult with a range of concerned stakeholders, including residents, from across the Greater Toronto Area.  A final report presenting conclusions and possible recommendations will be made public once the review is complete.  I should note that the review team is commissioned by, but will operate independently of, NAV CANADA.  The review team consists of Helios and independent consultants Mr. Bo Redeborn and Mr. Graham Lake.

I trust that the foregoing will be of interest.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Transport”